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DHAULAGIRI BASE CAMP TREK

dhaulagiri base camp trekking

(Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trekking) Dhaulagiri (White Mountain), separated from the Annapurna region by Kali Gandaki Gorge (deepest in the world) includes some fifteen peaks above 7000m. Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trekking, trekking in this area is relatively strenuous and needs some high altitude trekking experiences, this region is new territory for trekkers. Trekking off the main paths is not only possible, but can be immensely rewarding, though you do need a sense of adventure and an increased ability to deal with unexpected. Geographically, Dhaulagiri region is a land of dramatic contrast. From the near tropical Pokhara valley, steep slopes climb to snow capped Himalayan giants. Dhaulagiri I, the seventh tallest peak in the world, towers high above the well-trekked Muktinath pilgrim trail up the Kali Gandaki valley.

The vast massif screens the hidden land of Dolpo to its north west. Following the rivers upstream, ferns and forests of oak and other deciduous trees and juniper are interesting. Mountain sides of rhododendron blaze with color in the spring, and other flowers are abundant on the trail. Even on high mountain passes above the tree line, tiny alpine flowers can be found dotting the windswept ground.

Dhaulagiri Base Camp Trekking

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Sight-seeing of Kathmandu.

Days 3: Drive Kathmandu – Pokhara – Beni.

Days 4: Beni – Babichaur.

Days 5: Babichaur – Dharapani.

Days 6: Dharapani – Muri.

Days 7: Muri – Boghara.

Days 8: Boghara – Dovan.

Days 9: Dovan – Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp).

Days 10: Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp). Rest Day.

Days 11: Upper Vugini (Italian Base Camp) – Glacier Camp.

Days 12: Glacier Camp – Dhaulagiri Base Camp I.

Days 13: Dhaulagiri Base Camp – French Col.

Days 14: French Col. – Hidden Valley camp (5000m.)

Days 15: Hidden Valley – Yak Kharka.

Days 16: Yak Kharka – Jomsom.

Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara.

Day 18: Return to Kathmandu.

Day 19: Departure.

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Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.

Our team member in International airport  will welcome you and you will be taken to your respective hotel. After check in, and welcome drinks you will be free to explore around Thamel.


Day 2: Sight - seeing of Kathmandu.

Leave for full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley includes the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) & the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. Also visit Monkey Temple the Swyambhunath (2000 years old temple) and visit Patan city of fine arts. Back to hotel and stay.


Days 3: Drive Kathmandu - Pokhara-Beni.

Either we will take a scenic mountain flight or take the traditional bus ride through the scenic terraced fields and local villages to Pokhara before continuing to Beni. We continue along a scenic river to the traditional riverside town of Beni. Overnight camping at Beni.


Days 4: Beni - Babichaur.

Our trek begins with walking along the river Kali Gandaki. Next, we will cross the suspension bridge and continuing along the river Myagdi Khola. We will stop at series of delightful towns to chat with locals on the way. In Babichaur, we will get served by traditional dinner during the evening.


Days 5: Babichaur - Dharapani.

We will pass through the diverse lowland vegetation to the traditional farming town of Dharapani along with the scenic trial. Dharapani also famous for its terraced agricultural fields. Overnight in Dharapani.


Days 6: Dharapani - Muri.

Our trial leads us to ascend gradually then sharply to the town of Muri. We will admire the beauty of the several Himalayan peaks looming over the beautiful valley from the several scenic vantage points. Overnight camping at Muri.


Days 7: Muri - Boghara.

We begin our trek with a gradual descent leading to a steep rock path. As we continue our trial we can notice a gradual change in landscape. We then head to Boghra via the quaint town of Phedi. Overnight camping under the tranquil starlight sky.


Days 8: Boghara-Dovan.

Today, the trial is quite difficult, leading to a series of ropes to assist you along the way. After a long climb, we will gently descends to a tranquil forest and reach to a rocky area leading to Dhoban.


Days 9: Dovan - Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp).

Today, we will head to the Italian Base Camp passing through a scenic area. Our trial offers view of the mountains in the distance and stopping at the several scenic vantage point we can enjoy with the beautify Himalayan sunset as the mountains reflect the pinkish light.


Days 10: Upper Vungini (Italian Base Camp). Rest Day.

As a rest day we will explore the local scenery which helps for the strenuous climbs to come. We can also take a hike to a particularly scenic location offering timeless views of the valley below.


Days 11: Upper Vugini (Italian Base Camp) - Glacier Camp.

We will pass a few challenging passes leading to the top of the glacial formation walking across a timeless glacier assisted by ropes. The trial is rough which leads to a particularly scenic path offering views of massive Himalayan.

After crossing the first glacier, probable using a rope in a couple of tricky spots, we climb on to the main glacier. The surrounding is spectacular, which makes up for the rough and dangerous trail. We may also use a rope on this section. This is a particularly tough day. We camp on the glacier rubble.


Days 12: Glacier Camp - Dhaulagiri Base Camp I.

Today, we begin through a rocky path to Dhaulagiri Base Camp. Then, the path slowly turned out to the icier along with the windy atmosphere. By taking our time we will safely climb to the scenic Base Camp where we can enjoy with the close up views of the northern face of Dhaulagiri.

 


Days 13: Dhaulagiri Base Camp - French Col.

Getting off the glacier above the base camp often requires a rope, but once over the steep moraine walls we are in safer and more gentle country. After a breathless climb to the top of French Col (5300m,) the views of Hidden Valley open out. Next, we will move to an enjoyable or relax able trial to see the panoramic views from the historical French Col. The broad valley is reminiscent of Tibet and Ladakh and so are the temperatures, at least -20°C at night.

 


Days 14: French Col. - Hidden Valley camp (5000m.)

Our short morning walk takes us to the Hidden Valley Camp. We then rest at camp for properly acclimate ourselves. In evening, we will go outing at scenic vantage points to wander the timeless views of the surrounding peaks.


Days 15: Hidden Valley - Yak Kharka.

Our trial continues slowly ascending to the Dhampus Pass situated at 5,200m. It is a home to timeless views of Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri. Next, we descend to the steep path heading to the town of Yak Kharka.


Days 16: Yak Kharka – Jomsom.

Today, we begin with a relaxing downhill hike to the traditional town of Marpha. In Marpha, we will enjoy our lunch and start walking along a snowy path leads to the Thapa Pass where we will stop to admire the timeless views. We then follow to Jomsom and in evening we will celebrate the completion of our trek in the regional capital.


Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara.

Early morning, we will take an early breakfast and make a scenic mountain flight to Pokhara. Our scenic mountain flight offers the views of the gorge, Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri. Upon arrival in the Lake city Pokhara you have a free afternoon to rest or one can visit some of the highlights of the charming city.


Day 18: Return to Kathmandu

We will take a scenic mountain flight and return to Kathmandu. We will do relax in the charming backpacker haven of Thamel.


Day 19: Departure

Our Visit View Nepal Trek team escorts you to the airport as your flight schedule. After saying our farewells you will continue on your journey with fond memories of your adventure in Nepal.


What are included ?

  • Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer).
  • Government  license holder Trekking Guide.
  • Cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa and Porters for carrying your rucksack during trekking.
  • Hot and cold drinks. (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, and juice).
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion &  if you wants to use your own material you are free to bring them).
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned  in itinerary.
  • Accommodation, fare, meal, equipment’s  and salary & Insurance for trekking guide and porters.
  • Government Tax.
  • Airport drop.

What are not included ?

  • Nepal Visa fee & Entrance fees during Kathmandu Tour.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water.)
  • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks,  mineral water, cigarettes, client’s personal insurance and any kind of unforeseen and personal expenses.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.

Important documents and items

  1. Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  2. Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  3. Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  4. Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  5. Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).

General

  1. 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be  returned after the trek).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Upper Body – Head / Eyes  / Ears

  1. Shade hat or baseball cap – to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover  your ears.
  3. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  4. Glacier glasses, Headlamp
  5. Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric)  shell jacket.
  6. Down vest and/or  jacket*.
  7. A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth   if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  1. 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  2. 1 pair warm gloves
  3. Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek.
  4. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  1. T-shirts (2).
  2. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
  6. Long shirts (2)

Lower Body – Feet

  1. 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  3. 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and  bottom  preferable.
  4. 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  5. 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  6. 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  7. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  1. 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
  2. 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  3. 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”).
  4. 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  5. Cotton socks (optional).
  6. Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)

  1. Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  2. Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  3. 1 skin-blister repair kit
  4. Anti-diarrhea pills
  5. Anti-headache pills
  6. Cough and/or cold medicine
  7. Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  8. Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  9. Water purification tablets or water filter
  10. 1 set of earplugs
  11. Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

 Miscellaneous

  1. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  2. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  3. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  4. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  5. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  6. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  7. 2 bandanas.

Extras/Luxuries

  1. Reading book
  2. Trail map/guide book
  3. Journal and pen
  4. iPod
  5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  6. 1 modest swim suit
  7. Binoculars (optional)
  8. Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  9. Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  10. Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow